Labor boss George Wright quits to join BHP Billiton
THE man behind Labor's 2016 election campaign, George Wright, has quit his post as ALP national secretary to take up a senior post at BHP Billiton.
Victorian Labor general secretary Noah Carroll is considered the early favourite to succeed Mr Wright, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Mr Wright will take up a senior corporate affairs role with BHP Billiton in Melbourne.
Mr Wright issued a statement saying it had been an "enormous honour and privilege" to serve in the role with Bill Shorten thanking him for serving the party "with honour."
Mr Wright said he arrived at the decision after lengthy conversations with his family and Mr Shorten.
"After two federal election campaigns, two ALP National Conferences and numerous by-elections it is time for me to spend more time with my family in my home town of Melbourne and seek new challenges and opportunities," he said.
Mr Wright previously worked at the ACTU until 2007 where he helped mastermind the successful 'Your Rights at Work' campaign which propelled Labor into power under the leadership of Kevin Rudd.
Mr Wright paid tribute to the Labor leaders he worked under including Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.
Mr Shorten said Mr Wright had "served the party he loves with honour."
"As National Secretary, he's been central to the work of rebuilding Labor, growing our membership and engaging with supporters and volunteers in new and better ways."
"I have worked alongside George in various capacities for 22 years - he's someone whose advice I've always valued."